A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that included a quote by Mother Theresa. And it’s stuck with me.
Especially given the contrast to the ‘month of love’ buzz that seems to be everywhere. E.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise
And how do you reconcile this with the stories that unfold from a friend’s trip to Ghana, with their company, We Help Two, where they delivered 200 lbs of prosthetics to kids in a developing nation who otherwise couldn’t afford them?
Normally, I tend to bury my head in the sand when phrases like ‘month of love’ pop up everywhere. And I could be content to sit back and admire Mother Theresa’s incredible legacy. But as I saw my friend’s journey to Ghana unfold and learned about the stories of kids at the center, I suddenly realized that we could do SOMETHING. And beyond that, we SHOULD do something. Because one of the biggest privileges of this life is to leverage OUR privilege for something bigger than ourselves.
As my friends documented their journey and I saw story after story unfold about the incredible work going on at the OTC, I figured I had two options: 1) I could simply cut them a check to pay for some of the much needed items….or 2) I could invite you to join me to work as a collective group in bringing some much needed aid to the Orthopedic Training Center of Ghana.
…One of the biggest privileges of this life is to leverage OUR privilege for something bigger than ourselves
These beautiful smiles below represent a story of how they came to be a permanent part of the Orthopedic Training Center (OTC) in Ghana. Here’s the thing: The OTC was never meant to house, feed and raise these kids. It was originally designed to be a place where kids could get fitted with a prosthetic donated through my friend’s company, We Help Two. But what does Sister Elizabeth do when the kids are brought to the OTC and their parents never return? What do you do when you find kids that need more than a knee, leg, elbow, arm? When they need a place that LOVES them? And you simply can’t turn them out because you know their future will be grim, possibly ending in death, as their culture sees disabilities as a curse? Well. You keep them and love them and support them the best you can. You realize that their best chance at a future is through an education so they can get a life sustaining job. And when you’re sister Elizabeth, you do this through your own means.
And this is where you come in. As a group, we can raise money that is needed for these kids. Since the original intent of the OTC was never to be an orphanage, they are not financially set up to feed, house and love on these kids. Hopefully, someday they can have the consistent funding and support similar to an organization like Compassion, but in the meantime, we can stand in the gap.
For the next two weeks, I will be sharing stories of these precious kids with you….the stories of their disabilities and how they came to be at the OTC permanently. The story of Sister Elizabeth, who has dedicated her life to this mission.
In the meantime, we can stand in the gap
So, what am I asking you to do? How can you help? Glad you asked. :). Here are three ways you can help:
For every Beautycounter purchase made through the month of February, 100% of what I earn will be donated. If you’ve been waiting to try some Beautycounter products or need a refill, this is a great time to place an order. If you have questions, contact me. BONUS: There are many fun promos going on right now so you can take advantage of that WHILE also donating proceeds to the OTC. Safe & Effective Products + $ for kids at the OTC = WIN.
You can simply donate by a check made out to: ‘The Divine Word Missionaries”, 1835 Waukegan Rd., Techny, IL 60082. Since the OTC is one of their charities, they will direct your donation to them and your donation will be tax exempt.
Book a 20 minute/$20 consult with me and 100% of that will be donated as well. BONUS: You get some questions answered/list of resources, etc, AND your fee goes towards the OTC. 20 minute consults are for specific topics such as wanting a list of resources, quick questions, help with a specific health issue, etc. Contact me if you have questions about 20 minute consults.
Q: Where can I send a check to?
A: Divine Word Missionaries, 6821 Inca Dove Dr., El Paso, TX 79911
Q: How much is a prosthetic?
A: Right now, there is a system in place to donate prosthetics through fundraisers hosted by We Help Two. (You can use them for a fundraiser, too! They work with everyone from schools to local projects. Consider them for your next fundraising project!). This campaign is focused on setting up funds for the OTC as they have unexpectedly taken on kids that have been abandoned or rescued from abuse and neglect. Your donations make it possible for the staff at OTC to care for, house, love on and provide an education for their kids.
Q: How much does it cost for a surgery?
A: The cost may vary depending on the specific needs, but a surgery consult for a recent 7 year old boy was $232.
Q: How much does it cost to house a kid at the OTC?
Q: Where do I purchase Beautycounter?
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Finally, thanks for hanging with me through this campaign. Together, I believe we can make a difference in a small, yet BIG way.